Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

September 09, 2015 08:15 ET

August 2015 Housing Starts in Ontario

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 9, 2015) - Housing starts in the Ontario region were trending at 67,113 units in August, up from 58,700 units in July, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR)(1) of housing starts.

"The Ontario residential construction trend in August reached its highest level since 2012. A broad based increase was registered for a second consecutive month as both low density and high density starts registered gains. While the pace of construction should ease in the coming months from elevated August levels, an improving job market, less choice in the resale market and strong rental demand will continue to support starts activity across the province," said Ted Tsiakopoulos, CMHC's Ontario Regional Economist.

CMHC uses the trend measure as a complement to the monthly SAAR of housing starts to account for considerable swings in monthly estimates and obtain a more complete picture of the state of the housing market. In some situations, analysing only SAAR data can be misleading in some markets, as they are largely driven by the multiples segment of the markets which can be quite variable from one month to the next.

The SAAR of total urban housing starts jumped to 92,422 units in August, up from lower than normal activity in July. Roughly half of Ontario urban centres posted increases in the latest month with the GTA leading the way. Ontario urban housing starts for the period ending August are running 13 per cent above levels for the same period one year ago.

Preliminary Housing Starts data is also available in English and French at the following link: Preliminary Housing Starts Tables

As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers objective housing research and information to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry.

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(1)All starts figures in this release, other than actual starts and the trend estimate, are seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) - that is, monthly figures adjusted to remove normal seasonal variation and multiplied by 12 to reflect annual levels. By removing seasonal ups and downs, seasonal adjustment allows for a comparison from one season to the next and from one month to the next. Reporting monthly figures at annual rates indicates the annual level of starts that would be obtained if the monthly pace was maintained for 12 months. This facilitates comparison of the current pace of activity to annual forecasts as well as to historical annual levels.

Additional data is available upon request.

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Tables and a graph are available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/1024330e.pdf

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